Chatteris junior tennis players rise to the challenge

Lisa Kennedy with some of the Chatteris Tennis Club juniors.

Lisa Kennedy with some of the Chatteris Tennis Club juniors. - Credit: Archant

Chatteris Tennis Club say they enjoyed a fantastic weekend of tournaments for junior players.

Aspiring youngsters aged from five to 14 competed in two tournaments.

Liam Garcia, Ollie Appleby and Lucy Thompson, entered the county stage of ‘The Road to Wimbledon 14 and under Tournament’ at Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre in Cambridge.

Having all previously qualified in the venue stage held at the LK Academy Wisbech, Chatteris players, all aged 11, valiantly competed against competitors two years their senior.

Though all were knocked out in their first round matches they all enjoyed the challenge and look forward to competing again next year.

After their matches they took the opportunity to compete against each other.

Dave Wing, supervisor of Junior Club Nights at Chatteris, said: “They all really rose to the challenge and all played the finest tennis I’ve ever seen them play.”

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On Sunday they returned to join their fellow juniors at Chatteris for the annual junior tournament held on the final coaching morning before the summer holiday break.

Watched by proud parents, grandparents and club members, 30 juniors competed in three categories of this magnificent tournament organised by club Secretary Shona Kent and coach Lisa Kennedy.

In the beginners group the competition was won by Quinn Arkle, runner up was Krillan Millwood and the award for outstanding performance throughout the coaching season went to Nicolas Westrope.

The advanced beginners group winner was won by Harry Ballantyne, runner up Joe Sizer, with the special award going to Aiden O’Flaherty.

The intermediate group winner was Francis Antonio, who successfully beat his younger opponent Liam Garcia in a magnificent final.

The special award was presented to Alex Floria, one of the club’s aspiring young girls.

The tournament concluded with the announcement that Joshua Rhone was the 2018 Winner of The Julie Wing Junior Coaching Award.

Coaching on Sunday mornings resumes at Chatteris, which is all year around club, in early September after the school holidays.

• For children wishing to enjoy this wonderful sport, contact Shona Kent 01354 655363. Adult Coaching programmes are provided for parents and relatives wishing to enjoy tennis as a sport they can play together as families.

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